I'm using Qvar beclomethasone dipropionate HFA,80mcg.,inhalation aerosol which is a corticosteroid? My question is would there be anything I should be concerned about using this corticosteroid inhaler long term?
Qvar contains the active ingredient Beclomethasone which is an inhaled steroid used to prevent asthma attacks
All medicines carry a degree of risk and there are risks and side effects you should be aware of.
Qvar can cause both local and systemic (throughout the body) side effects.
Local side effects are mild and annoying but generally not serious. These include oral thrush, coughing and hoarseness. They may be avoided by gargling with water after each dose.
Systemic side effects are more serious.
These include poor growth, decreased bone density and osteoporosis, chickenpox that spreads to organs, easy bruising, cataracts and glaucoma and adrenal gland suppression.
The risk increases with higher doses of inhaled steroids over prolonged periods of time.
If you are concerned about using your steroid inhaler talk with your doctor.
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